We are committed to ensuring a working and learning environment in which all University members (staff and students) are treated fairly and with dignity and respect, and where bullying and harassment are not tolerated.
On this page, you will find information about:
- The Dignity at Warwick Policy.
- Sources of Information and Support.
- Information for Dignity Contacts.
If you are looking for information or support on bullying and harassment and can't find what you need here, contact us and let us know.
The Dignity at Warwick Policy outlines unacceptable behaviours and the process on reporting and dealing with inappropriate behaviour.
We expect all members of the University to recognise their responsibilities and to:
- Behave in a way that respects the rights and dignity of others.
- Treat others fairly.
- Display courtesy and good manners in every interaction appreciating that individuals have different styles and expectations.
- Value differences in others and the contribution they make.
- Work and study within the University on a co-operative basis.
- Demonstrate a commitment to upholding the University's policies on Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.
You can find additional ED&I related policies on the Policies webpage.
Everyone has the right to feel safe on campus. Harassment of any kind is completely unacceptable, and our community is an environment where prejudice and socially unacceptable behaviour are never tolerated.
In order to disclose a concern or incident please visit our Report and Support webpage. This can be made anonymously or with full details if you wish to speak to an advisor.
If you are a member of staff and request to speak with an advisor, a Dignity Contact will contact you during normal working hours (9am - 5pm) Monday to Friday. Read more about the role of a Dignity Contact here.
If you are a student and request to speak with an advisor, a Student Liaison Officer will contact you during normal working hours (9am - 5pm) Monday to Friday. The role of the Student Liaison Officer is to assist you in understanding the reporting options available and to support you in dealing with any impact the incident(s) has had on University life.
If a report is made anonymously, you can specifically request for no action to be taken, and for your anonymous report to be logged. This information helps to inform the University’s proactive work around behaviours which do not align with our Principles. If you choose this option, no further action will be taken.
If you do not choose this option, the information you provide may trigger an investigation and may be used for investigative purposes and subsequent processes. However, due to the anonymity of the report, and inability to obtain further information, the investigation may be limited and lead to no further action.
You will not receive any direct contact or advice from anonymous reports.
- Dignity at Warwick Complaint Aide Memoire - this template is intended to assist you in formulating/recording your thoughts in relation to your potential Dignity complaint and to outline the type of information that will be required should you wish to take your complaint forward either formally or informally.
- Dignity at Warwick Policy.
- Staff Counselling Service.
Bullying and Harassment Processes - a table detailing options available to individuals who feel they may be subject to bullying and harassment.
Bullying Flowchart - a diagram illustrating the Dignity at Warwick process.
Electronic Bullying – some personal thoughts on avoidance strategies by Dr Natalie Sharpling.
- Student Sexual Misconduct Policy.
- Student Support Services, tel 02476575570 or ext 75570.
- Counselling Service, tel 02476 523761 ext 23761.
- Student Advice Centre, tel 02476 572824 or ext 72824.
- Welfare Officer (Students' Union Sabbatical Officer), tel 02476 572778 or ext 72778.
- Nightline (listening service), 9pm-9am, tel 02476 417688 or ext 22199.
- Chaplaincy, tel 02476 523519 or ext 23519.
Dignity Contacts can find information and resources on the Dignity Contacts webpage (please note this webpage is restricted access to Dignity Contacts only). If you are a Dignity Contact and are unable to access this webpage, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
Stop and Reflect
Could “harmless banter” be causing offence to those around you? If the answer is yes, this can have a negative impact on an individual’s work, study and life. Ensure that your jokes are not causing those around you to feel uncomfortable.
Stop and Talk
If you feel uncomfortable with the way someone is talking or acting towards you, talk to them and let them know how they are making you feel. If you do not feel able to talk directly to them, speak with your line manager.
Stop and Listen
If someone wishes to discuss an issue with you, stop and listen. Respect the opinion and belief of others. It is not easy to confront a situation and by listening and talking it may resolve a problem.
Find information and support on bullying and harrassment from the providers below: